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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING For the benefit of several puzzled fans: You are allowed to send but one answer to the baseball contest if you fail to connect on your first effort, back to the bench you go. Until Jimmy Clabby and Mike Gib bons are definitely matched in a 20 round -fight for the middleweight title at New Orleans we shall view the negotiations skeptically. Larney Lichtenstein, ClaBby's manager, says he has assurance from the St. Paul phantom that he will meet Clabby in the Crescent City some time in May in a real battle for the cham pionship. This is in direct contradiction to the sentiments expressed by Gibbons immediately after his go with Eddie McGoorty in Hudson, Wis. Then Mike declared he had never been en gaged in a battle scheduled for more than 12 rounds and he saw no rea son now to change his tactics. And Gibbons can whip any of them in 10 or 12 rounds, making a nice financial clean-up while he is doing it. Of course, he would gain pres tige anjl become a better theatrical card if he could decisively take the title in a 20-round affair, but he is taking a chance. Even should Clabby fail to down him in 20 rounds, Mike still has Mc Goorty to consider, and Eddie was certainly growing stronger as the Hudson fight progressed, and indi cated he might at least even matters if the mill had gone' farther. ,- An effort is also being made to match Charlie White with Fred Welsh for 20 rounds. C&arlie is a strong card through the country, but Welsh's terms must be met before a fight is possible. Jim Coffey stopped Arthur Pelkey in two rounds at New York. The bout was halted after Pelkey had been floored for "nine," and was helpless. Maybe Mrs. McLarry didn't raise her boy, "Polly," to be a big league ball player, but Roger Bresnahan, manager of the Cubs, has some ideas on that subject himself. In the first game of the season between two squads of Cubs, McLarry was given the second basing work on the first crew and he performed in a highly creditable manner. He pinked one single that started a rally. McLarry's batting has been a strong feature of the early spring work of the Cubs. He swings from the off side of the plate and connects solidly, much after the style employed by Vic Saier to dent the right field signboard out at the Cub park. Whether he can hit in big league company and field up to specifica tions remains to be. seen. But the big fellow will not fail because of lack of opportunity. His strongest com petitor at the present time iB Arthur Phelan, who is holding down the key stone with the second flight. Art's exploits in the big leayue are known. He fields excellently and has the power and eye to send the pallid pill high and far away. If McLarry beats him out for the regular assign ment there need be no fear felt over the way second base will be guarded during the 1915 pennant campaign. These early practice games mean little. They are merely tossed in to heighten the interest of the athletes and give them something to work for. Merely batting a ball around and catching it day after day is not thrill ing sport and the managers must hit on something to keep the boys keyed up. Adams and Schorr did the pitching for one side and Eobbins and Stana ridge for the seconds. Robbins, ffie diminutive southpaw, had the regu lars in distress and sustained the fc cellent reputation he has made sinc,fe the Cubs reached Tampa. ' Bresnahan is looking to Robbins ip Jmm,!